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Public relations director named for Washington Co. government

June 30, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — Sarah J. Lankford has been named the director of public relations and community affairs for county government, the Washington County Board of Commissioners announced Wednesday.

Effective Friday, Lankford will head the county Public Relations Department, the commissioners said in a news release.

This position was approved by the commissioners as part of a county restructuring plan announced in March.

Lankford’s current position as marketing specialist for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission has been reclassified to include disseminating public information to residents, the release said.

Under the direction of County Administrator Gregory B. Murray, she will be responsible for the county’s communications and community outreach efforts, and will be the spokeswoman for county government.

Lankford said she will continue to be involved with public relations for the EDC along with her other duties.

Her salary will be $61,131. In her EDC position, she made $54,245.

Lankford, who lives in Funkstown, graduated magna cum laude from Robert Morris University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and is completing her master’s in business administration at Frostburg State University in Hagerstown.

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